The Cleaner


I have polished my boots.
They are so clean, I can see
how dull my eyes are.

I have polished my eyes.
They are so clean, I can sense
how tense my mouth is.

I have polished my mouth.
It closes cleanly on a transparent
cargo of words.

I have polished my words.
They are so clean, they fill
my heart’s spent ventricles.

I have polished my heart.
My heart is so clean. It is
in my boots.


     

[September 2001]

From the book Make Mine A Double

“Make sure that you are clean, your clothes are clean, even your shoes” - last instructions to the WTC bombers.